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Different colors of maple syrup sit on the windowsill at Maple Ridge Sugar House in Loudon on Saturday, March 22, 2014.  Visitors could see maple syrup being made, tour the farm, visit with a horse, a cow and pigs and taste maple treats.

(ARIANA van den AKKER / Monitor staff)

USDA revises maple syrup grading with descriptive terms

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Grading standards for maple syrup have been revised to match international standards, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said yesterday, and now consumers can have a better understanding of what topping they’re buying. The revisions to the voluntary standards were released yesterday. The move comes in response to a 2010 petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute, which represents maple producers …

Milk industry fights back against ‘anti-dairy folks’

Monday, January 26, 2015

The milk industry is fed up with all the sourness over dairy. As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating more rapidly, …

5 ways unmanned drones could affect the American food supply

Monday, January 26, 2015

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal’s temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, “your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible,” says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the first permit for agricultural use of unmanned aerial …

Chapter 11 clips SkyMall mag’s wings

Monday, January 26, 2015

Farewell, frivolous in-flight shopping. SkyMall, the wacky airline catalog that has long filled the seat pockets of so many commercial airplanes, could finally be folding its pages. Xhibit Corp., SkyMall’s parent company, announced Friday that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing the quarterly magazine’s inability to …

Business people for Jan. 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Donald Carter recently joined North Branch Construction in Concord as its new safety director. Carter is a safety professional with numerous years of experience as a safety trainer, previously owning his own safety consultation business. He is a …

Business notes for Jan. 21, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

Fact sheets are available from the Department of Health and Human Services detailing what New Hampshire tax filers need to know to prepare federal taxes. This is the first time people will need to provide basic information regarding their health insurance. To learn more, visit irs.gov or healthcare.gov/taxes. …

Fat tires, fat bikes, a growing fad among N.H. outdoor enthusiasts

Monday, January 26, 2015

You may have seen them rumbling on trails at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, or through Clough State Park in Dunbarton. The fat tires are what you’d remember, the distinct feature of fat bikes, a growing fad …

NH, Maine, Vermont snowmobile sharing coming up next weekend

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Snowmobilers in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine are going to take part in an upcoming three-day weekend when riders registered in any one of those states can explore the trails of the other two states for free. Starting Friday, any snowmobile legally registered in any of the participating …

Memories fade as Ghana’s colonial architecture swept away

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Elizabeth Biney remembers as a little girl watching monkeys play in her yard and parrots flit above the sloping roof of her colonial house in the Ghanaian capital, Accra. “There were birds all over the place,” Biney, now 58, recalled. “There were so many trees you couldn’t see …

Protesters call for president’s resignation

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The young men moved furtively among the would-be shoppers queued outside a supermarket, passing out pamphlets calling for the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro, whose socialist policies they blamed for leaving store shelves barren and Venezuela’s economy in …

FairPoint strike reaches 100-day milestone

Saturday, January 24, 2015

FairPoint Communications and more than 1,700 striking workers reached the 100-day milestone yesterday with workers marking the occasion with events across the region and expressing hope that the two sides will soon reach an agreement. Striking workers said …

Israel gains with emigration of French Jewish entrepreneurs

Saturday, January 24, 2015

With a degree from the prestigious HEC Paris business school, five years at a global consulting firm, and a three-floor “dream apartment” in the French capital’s 10th arrondissement, Mickael Nadjar had a comfortable and prosperous life in his …

Unemployment rate drops to 4 percent

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Three weeks into 2015, the state got some last good news about the end of 2014. New Hampshire’s unemployment rate for December 2014 was 4 percent, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the November rate, and 1.2 percentage points lower than the December 2013 rate. More than …